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SHIP OF THE WEEK – HMNZS CHARLES UPHAM

HMNZS Charles Upham (A02) was a Mercandian 2-in-1 class roll-on/roll-off vessel operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) between 1994 and 2001. The vessel was built for the Danish shipping company Mercandia during the early 1980s, and operated under the names Mercandian Queen II and Continental Queen II. The New Zealand Defence Force had identified the need for a logistic support ship as early as the 1970s but it was not until the 1991 white paper that planning to acquire a ship commenced in earnest. Mercandian Queen II was for sale around that time, and although not as capable as the RNZN had initially specified, was purchased in 1994. The ship arrived in New Zealand in 1995 under the name Sealift, and was commissioned later that year as HMNZS Charles Upham. The ship was named for Ch...

CAR CARRIER TO BE CUT UP

The car carrier GOLDEN RAY that ran aground and capsized in St Simons Sound while it was departing from the Georgia port of Brunswick on September 8 will be cut in place and removed, after maritime experts determined that it is not possible to safely right and refloat the vessel in a fully intact condition. A statement from Unified Command, set up by the US Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Gallagher Marine Systems, said it “is developing plans to remove all of the M/V Golden Ray’s hull, components and cargo by disassembling the vessel in place. “This remains a complex situation but additional information about the removal plan and the expected timeline will be shared with the public as and when available.” As of October 12, it said lightering...

JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS LOCATED

Two of the four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk at the Battle of Midway during World War II have been found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington said on Monday this week. The wreckage of what appears to be the carrier KAGA was located Oct. 16, and that of the AKAGI was found on Sunday.  The Midway atoll that gave the June 1942 battle is about 1,400 miles northwest of Hawaii. The discoveries, which were first reported by the Associated Press, rank as some of the biggest underwater historical finds in years. The sprawling battle was one of the most epic in naval history, and it left the cream of the Japanese navy as blazing wrecks. It stunned the Japanese, who were careful to hide the outcome from the public, and reversed the course of...

COULD THIS BE THE NEXT STEP FOR AUCKLAND?

ABB, a global pioneering technology leader, will jointly develop the technology for autonomous vessels and retrofit a 32-meter harbour tugboat with leading-edge digital solutions, enabling autonomous vessel operations in the Port of Singapore at the end of 2020. Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug. During the initial phase of the project, the vessel, operated by Keppel Offshore & Marine’s joint-venture company Keppel Smit Towage, will complete a series of navigational tasks in a designated test area in the Port of Singapore, steered from an onshore control centre. The second phase of the project will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks while under remote supervision. “This project is a key marker on our digi...

DID YOU KNOW?

On 6 November 1947, WG (Gary) Stokes joined HMNZS Tamaki as a Boy Entry. Later his five sons all joined the RNZN – one a year for five years. Lyle in January 1971, Wayne in May 1972, Shane in January 1973, Brian in January 1974 and Glen in January 1975.

MOA CLASS INSHORE PATROL VESSEL

I was asked recently if I knew the whereabouts of the IPVs which were assigned to the four RNZNVR Divisions. I .thought I knew where most of them were but ex HMNZS Kiwi operated by HMNZS Toroa eluded me. I did some investigation and what I found was very interesting. She was built by Whangarei Engineering, as were all the others, and commissioned on 2 September 1984. Her home port was Lyttelton. She was decommissioned on 11 December 2007 and sold by the RNZN into private ownership. Purchased by Peter and Sue Cook she operated as a multi purpose charter/leisure vessel based in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour in 2010. She has been refitted by its owners in Melbourne and transformed into a “holiday house on water”. It has five bedrooms with ensuites, fully equipped kitchen, living area wit...

NGAPONA ASSN – MID YEAR FUNCTION

We held our Mid-Year Function at the Bays Club last Saturday. I would have to say that the night was a great success. In spite of the weather we had over 30 attendees. The venue was great, the food was great and the company was great. For those who were unable to attend you missed a good night. Thanks to Terry Creagh organising the event.

FRIENDS OF THE RNZN MUSEUM TRUST

If you have an interest in the RNZN and preserving its history, why not join the Friends of the RNZN Museum Trust? See the attached Enrolment Form..

DID YOU KNOW?

On Thursday the 10 July 1985 the-British registered Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Auckland harbour by French saboteurs of the DGSE. Greenpeace Photographer Fernando Pereira was killed when the limpet mines exploded. The Navy’s initial response was just 2 hours alter the explosions, when leading Diver (LDR) Schmidt of the Operational Diving Team (OPT) entered the wreck and recovered Pereira’s body. The Diving Team also conducted a search of the hull and wharf for any other explosives; none were found. Beginning the following Monday the ODT, under the command of LT Hugh Aitken, conducted a survey of the wreck, reporting a huge hole in the engine room, and extensive damage around the propeller and propeller shaft. In the subsequent two weeks the naval dockyard team...

HMAS SUCCESS (II) DECOMMISSIONED

HMAS Success (II), the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet, was decommissioned at her homeport at Sydney’s Garden Island on Saturday. HMAS Success – dubbed the “Battle Tanker” – has been operational for 33 years, sailing more than a million nautical miles and completing nearly 3,500 replenishments around the world. The 157-meter Durance Class Replenishment Oiler was the last major vessel built at Cockatoo Island in Sydney and was the biggest ship in Navy’s Fleet at the time she was commissioned in 1986. HMAS Success earned battle honors for her service during the Gulf War in 1991 and East Timor in 1999, and also participated in a record 11 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises and the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Despite her age,...

CHIEF OF NAVY COMMENDATION FOR WARRANT OFFICER REECE GOLDING MNZM, MSM.

After completing 49 years of outstanding service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Warrant Officer Combat Specialist Reece Golding MNZM, MSM, transferred to the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve on 30 November 2011 and was subsequently posted to HMNZS NGAPONA (Tauranga sub unit). WOSCS Golding holds a pivotal coordination role within the command team as Whole Ships Coordinator, and is directly responsible to the Officer in Charge. WOSCS Golding is an instrumental member and leader of the Tauranga Sub Unit of HMNZS NGAPONA and has worked tirelessly to deliver the outputs of both the RNZN, and the MTO branch. Many strong relationships and networks between the RNZNVR and maritime industry and other civilian organisations are directly attributable to his dedication, perseverance and drive to increa...

DID YOU KNOW?

On 22 July 1995 HMNZS Te Kaha was launched at Melbourne by Mrs Joan Bolger, and commissioned at Queen’s Wharf, Auckland, exactly two years later. HMNZS Te Kaha is currently undergoing a refit in Canada.

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